LG 23MP68VQ - Image Quality and Verdict

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LG 23MP68VQ – Image Quality

Once you’ve turned the Black Level from High to Low, this monitor performs very well. Colours immediately look punchy yet accurate, viewing angles are excellent and there’s a good depth to blacks.

Testing with a colorimeter I found it to have an excellent contrast ratio of 1,149:1, while a colour temperature of 6,482K is just 18K off the ideal of 6,500K, meaning colours look spot-on, rather than having a slightly red or blue cast to them.

Coverage of the standard computer sRGB colour space is a touch low at 86.1% – higher-end £200+ displays will get you 95%+ – but for day-to-day computing it’s fine. Meanwhile, an average Delta E of 0.85 is very good, suggesting the display is capable of distinguishing between fine differences in colour. However, a maximum Delta E of 5.5 is about double what better-quality displays will get. Anything above 3 is generally considered the point where a human might be able to notice the difference in colours, so you might notice a bit more colour banding here than with better displays.

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Otherwise, there’s very little that needs to be changed to improve the image quality. After full calibration the sRGB coverage improved to 89%, but in most other areas it was much the same.

As for FreeSync, combined with the boost from 60Hz to 75Hz it makes gaming that much smoother and more responsive than typical IPS displays. You’re still a long way from the snappy feel of 144Hz, 1ms response time displays, but it’s a nice little boost. Meanwhile input lag is an impressive 9.6ms, so you shouldn’t have any issues with your display feeling unresponsive when gaming.

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Should I buy the LG 23MP68VQ?

This is a fantastic low-cost upgrade for those stuck on a truly ancient small screen or a 24-inch panel that uses poor-quality TN LCD technology. The IPS LCD used here provides great viewing angles, accurate colours and good contrast, making it a great all-rounder for day-to-day work as well as for enjoying pictures and video. You’ll also struggle to get a better gaming experience on an IPS display than that provided here, for the same money.

There are, of course, compromises, such as the lack of a USB hub and the basic stand – but nothing that isn’t typical at this price. Plus it looks better than many competitors.

Verdict

If you’ve got £150 to spend on a monitor, this is the one to get. It really is that simple.

Score in detail

  • Image Quality 9
  • Design 8
  • Value 9
  • Features 7
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